About Us

Vision Statement

A world in which the lives of the poor and marginalised have been uplifted in accordance with Christian values

Mission Statement

Building the capacity of leaders involved in local community based organisations, using a mentoring approach and following the example of Jesus Christ, in order to meet the needs of the poor and marginalised.


Introduction

UNSUNG HEROES is a Christian non-profit organisation with a unique focus to empower visionary leaders who are already engaged in much needed service to their community through an intensive capacity building programme.

What is in the name?

We chose the name UNSUNG HEROES in order to place the focus where it belongs, on exceptional community leaders who have the vision to make a difference in their community. These unsung heroes successfully serve poor communities at great personal cost and are largely unrecognised. 


What we do


UNSUNG HEROES does not initiate its own projects, but partners with visionary community leaders who are already doing significant work to make a difference in their community.

These community leaders have great vision, but often do not have the organisational ability to deliver an effective service to their community due to a lack of capacity in areas of administration, organisational development and fundraising. As a result many of these desperately needed projects fail or are not sustainable over the long term.

That is why UNSUNG HEROES strengthens these organisations through an intensive two year capacity building programme. Our professional Community Development Facilitators visit each project weekly. The programme goes beyond training and workshopping as the facilitators use a mentoring approach to ensure that the project team implements what they have learnt.
 

Our 'unsung heroes'...
  • are endorsed by local Ward Councillors and community leaders, and

  • are affirmed by a solid track record of active work in their community.

  • are committed to relationship and accountability with all stakeholders.

  • live and work according to our core values and principles of integrity, professionalism, loyalty, transparency and the celebration of life!

What makes us different

UNSUNG HEROES has taken a long hard look at the Development landscape and pioneered a new methodology to build true capacity and sustainability within committed Community Based Organisation’s (CBOs), intent on the upliftment of their communities. The methodology is called M3 and refers to “Mentoring, Management and Money”.

It is in these three areas that comprehensive support is provided to our unsung heroes.
 
OUR ‘M3 MODEL’
Management

Corporate Governance
Strategic Planning
Organisational Development

Mentoring

Psychosocial Support
Skills Training
Spiritual Formation

Money

Resources
Investment
Fundraising

Mentoring - UNSUNG HEROES employs skilled mentors who provide psychosocial assistance, life skills development and spiritual support to ensure that our unsung heroes remain resilient in the challenging work that they are engaged in.

Management - ‘
unsung heroes’ are exposed to a two year training programme called ‘The Toolbox’ which covers the areas of governance, strategic planning as well as finance & administration.

Money
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UNSUNG HEROES acts as a conduit of funding to community based organisations, ensuring that there are effective controls in place and adequate reporting. More importantly, UNSUNG HEROES ensures that the quantum and timeframe for the disbursement of funds, matches the ability and capacity that the community organisation has to effectively deploy such funding.



The Scope of our Community Involvement

Our unsung heroes are endorsed by local Ward Councillors and community leaders, and affirmed by a solid track record of active work in their community. They are committed to relationship and accountability with all stakeholders. They live and work according to our core values and principles of integrity, professionalism, loyalty, transparency and the celebration of life!

UNSUNG HEROES works with a range of CBOs involved in the following types of activities:

  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) for children in the birth to six age category
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) of school going age cared for in community based care centres
  • Home-Based Care (HBC) for those infected or affected by HIV & AIDS
  • HIV & AIDS Awareness and Education
  • Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) in order to determine HIV status
  • Nutritional Gardens - the creation of Perma-culture Gardens and distribution of their produce to those in need
  • Income Generating Projects (IGP) within CBOs

Endorsements from Community Unsung Heroes

  • “UNSUNG HEROES was TLC’s answer to achieving our goals.” Thea Jarvis – TLC
  • “Our destiny is tied up with UNSUNG HEROES.” Pastor Morse Ndala - Farm Workers Upliftment and Empowerment
  • “UNSUNG HEROES made what we thought was impossible, possible!” – Leadership Team, Leutlwetse Early Childhood Development Centre
  • Unsung Heroes is a dynamic and long overdue project. It provides an integrated model of transformational leadership that ensures empowerment of community structure and initiatives.” - Dr. Janet Fröhlich – Fellow of the Fogarty International Aids Research and Training Project

 


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